Crop protection

New formulation: beneficial nematodes in capsules

The biotech companies e-nema GmbH and Katz Biotech AG have started a cooperation to develop a new, innovative product for biological pest control: Beneficial nematodes, formulated in capsules, offer long lasting efficacy against sciarid gnats and are ideal for preventative treatments. Beneficial…

A. Madeiras

US: Foliar nematodes found in plug ray of young Heuchera plants

A plug tray of young Heuchera plants arrived at the UMass Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab recently with distinct angular leaf lesions. Foliar nematodes were found in lesions examined microscopically. by Angela Madeiras, Extension Educator and Diagnostician, UMass Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab  Foliar nematode…

UK: Plant Collections rescued during 2020s spring lockdown saved by new collection holders

Horticultural conservation charity Plant Heritage has accredited 13 new National Plant Collections, including two collections that overcame significant obstacles posed by 2020’s spring lockdown and were relocated to new homes despite the challenges of Covid-19. Now, both thrive in their new locations and…

e-GRO

"Prevent problems before they appear"

As growers across the country are either knee-deep in spring crops or preparing to plant, growers should remember to follow good sanitation practices to reduce disease, insect, and weed problems. Check out the e-GRO alerts “Sanitation: Start clean, stay clean!” and “Ounce of prevention” for good advice…

New resource on air-assisted spraying now available

“Airblast101 – Your Guide to Effective and Efficient Spraying, 2nd edition” is now freely available as an ePub, or at cost via print-on-demand publishing, via…

Weed Management in ornamental plants

Weeds are a problem in areas where ornamental plants are grown. Recognition of these weeds is important in determining the appropriate control method with them. The area where…

ICL:

"Help tackle challenges ahead with Hort Science Online"

Designed to help the ornamentals sector tackle some of the key challenges of 2021, ICL’s Hort Science Online (HSO) topical content is now available to all at…

Canada: KleenGrow registered to control diseases on ornamentals

Flowers Canada Growers is very pleased to announce that KleenGrow has now been approved for use for application on ornamental plants to control a wide diversity of disease and…

East Africa gets ready for return of destructive locust swarms

In 2020, East Africa was struck by the worst locust plague in decades. Unfortunately, now, the swarms are returning. The locusts invading East Africa last year ravaged crops and pastures and drove the levels of hunger and economic hardship higher in parts of the region. One year later, right at the start…

"Daring approach to thrips at Porta Nova pays off"

At the start of the year, Porta Nova turned its attention to Limonica as the most important beneficial for thrips in a planting of roses that were less than one year old. A daring yet effective approach – thanks in part to a temporary overkill, the pest has kept its head down in the White Naomi cultivar,…

Improved Macrolophus-System packaging delivers host of grower benefits

As part of its continuous product improvement programme, Biobest has redesigned the packaging for its popular Macrolophus-System, which is widely deployed against a number of pests such as whitefly and Tuta absoluta. The plastic bottle containing vermiculite carrier has been replaced with a sustainable…

ONnurserycrops

OMAFRA Lunch and Learn Series has Answers.

Questions About Pesticide Resistance?

Pesticide resistance is something most growers have run into at some time or another. High pesticide resistance in species like western flower thrips and Bemisia whitefly is something we’ve learned to work around. But how can we avoid resistance in pest species where we still rely on pesticides? For…

Scarab Solutions

Five simple control methods to ensure effective Mealybug management

"Early intervention is key to avoid a costly infestation"

Mealybugs pose a serious threat to growers in warmer climates as they can significantly reduce the productivity and yield of greenhouse crops. But lessons-learnt from greenhouse rose farms in Kenya demonstrate that it is possible to manage Mealybugs when the right tactics are deployed, such as early…

Powerful ultrasonic anti-virus method ready for use

When it comes to cultivation, viruses are nothing new. Two years ago, the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) broke out in the Dutch greenhouse horticultural sector.…

US (FL): UF scientists help thwart disease that can ravage the popular gerbera daisy

Gerbera daisies are popular worldwide for their wide array of brightly colored flowers. They also make great plants for the garden, and their blooms yield long-lasting cut…

BCPC

BCPC online UK pesticide guide launches new features

BCPC’s Julian Westaway said, “Having access to the latest pesticide information is vital for all those involved in their use and application. The UK Pesticide Guide, in both its online and print version, is the one-stop database for all pesticide products approved in the UK, including the latest active…

Auburn University professor teams with European scientists seeking to save olive trees from deadly pathogen

An Auburn University researcher has joined with European scientists in an attempt to decipher the disease process caused by one of the world's most harmful plant pathogens, Xylella fastidiosa.The bacterium's impact has been nothing short of catastrophic in both the U.S. and Europe. Originating in the…

UV blanket Aquamar is doing its job for Dutch gerbera grower

"Last week, I saw that football club PSV had installed Philips UV lamps to disinfect the air in the locker rooms and counter corona infections. I liked to see that, a kind of confirmation that horticulture was one step ahead of those guys. We installed exactly the same lamps 3 years ago and since, we…

Pathogen control for proactive growers

Contained environments lock out many threats by protecting plants from predators and extreme weather like snow, hurricane winds or scorching heat. Unfortunately, sometimes the smaller the pest the bigger the problem. Consistent issues persist in contained environments caused by fungi, bacteria and human…

Controlling whitefly in French Poinsettias

With Christmas less than one month away, Poinsettias are starting to leave French nurseries and appear in retail outlets - ready to bring some much-needed festive cheer to homes. Key pestWhitefly is one of the key pests Poinsettias growers must contend with worldwide. French growers are increasingly…

"This study represents the first transcriptomic analysis of gerbera PM resistance"

RNA sequencing has been widely used to profile genome-wide gene expression and identify candidate genes controlling disease resistance and other important traits in plants.…

"Yes, grandma was right"

In these unusual times when a microscopic virus has brought the world to its knees, we’ve had to go back to the basics we were told as children: Wash your hands, and sing Happy Birthday twice for good measure. Kill those germs! When preparing cut flowers for shipping, hygiene is just as crucial. If left to luck, bacteria and…

‘Insect Atlas 2020’ report Altinosmanaj

Declining insect numbers are hurting food production

Kenyan researchers and entomologists have called for the introduction of stringent regulations on the use of pesticide to protect insect species that are crucial for food…

New compounds kill bacteria attacking rice, kiwi and citrus Irochka

Plant-inspired alkaloids protect produce from harmful bacteria

Just like humans, plants can get bacterial infections. These infections can negatively affect yield and quality of fruits and trees. Although some compounds have been…

Predafeed boosts predators

As of today an energizing supplementary feed for the Koppert predatory mites is available in a handy 0.9 liter cardboard cylinder. Extensive trials carried out with Predafeed in Spain and the Netherlands, prove that this ‘snack’ can boost predatory mites to the extent that populations are increased by more than three times…

onfloriculture

Preventing issues in your spring crops: sanitation, dips and bio tips

With the holiday season almost upon us, it’s time to turn our attention to Spring bedding crops. Although here for a brief window, the diversity of these crops means you’re bound to encounter some sort of disease and insect problems. One way you can head off issues is to plan and prepare now. This post…

Martijn van Geel, Van Geel Orchideeën: MPS

NL: "MPS-ProductProof proves that we use almost no agents"

Some companies go a step further in offering transparency to the market and society. Van Geel Orchideeën in Erica and Montis Zuidplas in Moerkapelle, the Netherlands, are both…

Kemin Crop Technologies hires Michael Hull as Technical Services Manager

Kemin Industries has hired Michael Hull, formerly of Mycorrhizal Applications, as Technical Services Manager for Kemin Crop Technologies, the business unit focused on providing crop protection and crop health solutions for commercial specialty crops. Effective immediately, Hull will take on his new role within…

Chrysanthemum production in Bangladesh: Significance the insect pests and diseases management

Chrysanthemum is a floricultural, ornamental and medicinal plant with tremendous income cash crop which is cultivated chiefly in winter. The crop charity as nerve sedative, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagenic, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-angiogenic, anti-atherosclerosis and nematocidal…

Biobest acquires ownership of Beneficial Insectary

Biobest Group NV – through its subsidiary Biobest USA, Inc. - has acquired all shares in Beneficial Insectary from the company’s owner Ms. Sinthya Penn. Sinthya Penn acquired…

A look into the devastating effects of Xylella Fastidiosa on the historic olive trees in Puglia, Italy

Xylella Fastidiosa is a bacteria that attacks plants. It is a plant pathogen. In this video below, a look is given into the devastating effects of this deadly disease on the historic olive trees in Puglia, Italy.  Special thanks to:Adriano AbateStefano CaragliMarco DinunzioPantaleo DrazzaRoberto GalluzzoMichele Martini…

UCSD

Researchers reveal switch used in plant defense against animal attack

For decades, scientists have known that plants protect themselves from the devastation of hungry caterpillars and other plant-munching animals through sophisticated response systems, the product of millions of years of evolution. The biological mechanisms underlying this attack-counter defense paradigm…

New discovery by SMART allows early detection of shade avoidance syndrome in plants

Researchers from the Disruptive & Sustainable Technologies for Agricultural Precision (DiSTAP) Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) of Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) have discovered a way to…

Recommended Resources: crop protection in ornamentals

With a range of material available, AHDB asked Knowledge Exchange Manager, Wayne Brough, to recommend his top resources for crop protection in ornamentals. Click here to learn more on crop protection in bulbs and outdoor flowers, Hardy nursery stock, Protected ornamentals and more on ahdb.org.uk 

Metazet FormFlex and Meteor Systems investigate the use of disinfectants on cultivation gutters

The time of crop rotation has come. A busy period in which the old crop has to make room for the new crop. To protect the new crop in the best possible way, everything is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Especially the greenhouse structure and interior appear not to be able to withstand the…

Five Tips on Pesticides, Water Quality, and $$$

How water quality affects pesticide efficacy, the bottom line

Water quality expert Dr. Sarah White, Professor and Nursery Extension Specialist from Clemson University, describes how water quality affects pesticide efficacy and the bottom line in this new YouTube video. Do you know how the pH of water in your spray tank affects the effectiveness of pesticides? How…

Are broad spectrum disinfectants safe for both plants and humans?

Economic uncertainty in the restaurant and hospitality sector and the increased sanitation protocols for staff caused by the pandemic has acutely affected the horticulture industry. As we have seen, a single case of COVID-19 can result in a quarantine and testing requirements that can lead to a costly…

Agronomy

An analysis based on a bibliometric review

Microorganisms and biological pest control

The use of microorganisms for biological pest control as biological control agents (BCAs) and biopesticides was developed worldwide in the 1960s. Despite the abundance of reviews published on this topic, no meta-analysis using bibliometric tools has been published. The objective of a new study was to…

AU: Growers urged to remain vigilant after Serpentine leafminer detected in Sydney

Greenlife Industry Australia is urging production nursery growers and other horticultural producers to remain vigilant in their on-farm plant protection measures, following…

Biobest candidate Herman Van Mellaert elected IBMA President

Herman Van Mellaert - Director of Strategic Alliances at the Biobest Group - has been elected president of the International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA).…

Using crop level data to optimise IPM strategy

Ant Surrage works as a Technical Development Specialist for uni. In this article he explains how collecting and visualising crop level and crop walk data can be helpful with the optimisation of an IPM programme. Integrated pest management (IPM) is now becoming a mainstay of crop protection. However,…

AU: Serpentine leafminer detected in Western Sydney

Residents in Western Sydney Region are urged to look out for signs of damage and presence of fly larvae following the detection of Serpentine leafminer in a vegetable crop.…

Case Study

AU: IPM driving sustainability at azalea Grove Nursery

Developing and implementing a rigorous and robust Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program into nursery production businesses is critical to ensure business continuity and…

Pakistani agri department warns farmers of pest attacks

The Punjab agriculture department has advised tunnel farmers to remain alert against the attack of various insects and continue pest scouting of their crops twice a week. This…

UA (AK): Storage life of peonies at very low temperatures

Scientists at North Carolina State University conducted research into storage temperatures of peonies as cut flowers using three temperatures: -3.1C, 0.7C and 3.5C (26.4, 33.2…

Micro and nanoplastics not absorbed by plant cells, but do attach to the root cap

Like a toxic Trojan horse, microplastics can act as hot pockets of contaminant transport. But, can microplastics get into plant cells? Recent research shows that they can't.  Over the last decade, scientists have been scrambling to understand the impacts of microplastics. With the breakdown of plastic bottles,…

Newly reared Aphidius Ervi strain strong tool against aphids

Aphids are one of the most destructive crop pests; for many growers it is truly their worst nightmare. Throughout the years, Aphid control in many crops has been depending on using chemical pesticides with the active ingredient of imidacloprid. Imidacloprid is currently in the process of being phased out…

Tyfu Cymru's Virtual Plant Health Conference 2020

Conference shows importance of plant health in protecting horticulture industry, environment

The Plant Health in Horticulture brought over 100 delegates in the horticulture industry and world class speakers such as Professor Nicola Spence, Pippa Greenwood and Dr. Ana…

Nara Institute of Science and Technology

Nara Institute of Science and Technology

When plants attack: parasitic plants use ethylene as a host invasion signal

Mutants that reveal the secrets of how plants attack? No, it's not a scene from a science fiction movie, but you could be forgiven for thinking that. Instead, it's a scene from real life: Researchers at Nara Institute of Science and Technology in Japan report in a new study in Science Advances that…

Matt Heaton

A molecular roadmap to the plant immune system

The latest advances in our understanding of the plant immune system are mapped out in a new review by John Innes Centre researchers. A molecular roadmap to the plant immune system is a detailed look at immune receptor function at the molecular level – with a focus on cell surface and intracellular immune…

Hort Innovation

Celebrating Australian pollinator week

Pollinators are vital to ensure we get the fruit, vegetables and nuts we love. Honey bees are very important to the Australian horticultural industry and are one of the many pollinators doing the hard work.   Australian Pollinator Week acknowledges the important and unique insect pollinators found in Australia. It…


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